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Airline lets banned man into NZ

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/04/2016
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An airline has copped a fine after letting a Brazilian man not allowed into New Zealand catch a plane to Auckland, despite being warned five times he wasn't allowed.

Latin American company Latam Airlines was this week handed a $9000 fine at the Manukau District Court over the breach last July.

A check-in officer for the airline at Santiago Airport in Chile was prompted by a security system that the man had been refused entry into New Zealand, but instead just kept entering the man's name with different spellings until it didn't come up with a warning.

He had to try spelling the name six different ways before being cleared, Immigration New Zealand said.

The Brazilian man arrived in Auckland, but was sent back the same day.

INZ national border manager Senta Jehle said the breach was particularly serious because the man had been previously been told he couldn't come to New Zealand.

The airline earlier pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the Immigration Act and faced a maximum penalty of $50,000.

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